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Former Bears defensive tackle Dick Evey passes away

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Former Bears, Lions and Rams defensive tackle Dick Evey passed away Thursday at age 72 in Knoxville, Tennessee, multiple media outlets reported.

A three-time letter winner at Tennessee, Evey was the Bears’ first-round pick in 1964 (No. 14 overall). He played six seasons for Chicago before moving on to Detroit (1970) and Los Angeles (1971) to finish out his career.

At the time, Evey was Tennessee’s fourth-ever first-round pick and its first since 1953, when the Browns took future Hall of Famer Doug Atkins. Evey and Atkins were teammates for Evey’s first three seasons in Chicago.

Evey’s daughter told the Knoxville News Sentinel that her father, who suffered from an illness, was a member of the 88 Plan, a program designed to help retired NFL players pay for the treatment of medical conditions such as dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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5 Responses to “Former Bears defensive tackle Dick Evey passes away”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: May 24, 2013 8:00 PM

    Good grief, what is this all the great 1960’s players die Friday?! Rip big man

  2. hpeters77 says: May 24, 2013 8:28 PM

    Rest in peace

  3. mazblast says: May 24, 2013 9:02 PM

    The one thing I remember about him was that he became a starter with Detroit when the Lions cut the great Alex Karras.

  4. jdphx says: May 24, 2013 11:42 PM

    He was a member of one HELL of a good 1960’s
    Bear defense! Condolences to his family…

  5. bigchree says: May 25, 2013 3:09 AM

    One of the greatest names ever

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